Welcome to the Gary Cooper Scrapbook. Here you will find pictures, articles, movie ads, and other ephemera about one of the most talented, respected, and well loved actors of Hollywood's Golden Era.“The world of today is a far cry from the world in which Gary Cooper lived until his untimely death in 1961. The distinction between “celebrity” and “star” was also quite different. But neither of those words was in the foreground of my father’s image of himself. He always felt he was your average “Joe American.” In his film roles, he tried to portray the best an American man could be…He taught me a little Western expression when I was very young. “There ain’t never a horse that couldn’t be rode, there ain’t never a rider that couldn’t be throwed.” In some way, that informed his own way of moving through what was truly an extraordinary life.” – Daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, 2011
This film costarred Marlene Dietrich and was her first American film. Directed by Josef Von Sternberg, this film looks more like it was made in the later 30s especially when compared to most other films from 1930 when Hollywood was just completing the transition to sound pictures. The subject matter however is definitely pre-code. One other neat fact about this film, Gary’s wife to be Veronica (Rocky) was 17 when it was released and she and her friends went to see it and drooled over Gary as did many other women across the country.
This film is available on dvd.
Last Edit: Oct 4, 2009 11:36:24 GMT -6 by Coopsgirl
Post by magenta1000 on Sept 19, 2009 1:04:23 GMT -6
I finally watched this! Yay!
I feel the need to review it. The film geek/acting obsessor half of me is particularly prevalent today.
The film itself was gorgeous. I thought the cinematography, soundtrack, sets, and costumes all worked amazingly well together. Everything around looked so realistic. But the unnatural amount of beauty of the two leads and the smoke enveloping everything added a surreal, hazy effect. The contrast just "clicked" so perfectly.
As for the acting...
Marlene Dietrich was amazing in it, especially considering she was fed the lines and could barely speak English. I thought she was a unique character, especially considering the time the movie was made. It was a role made for Dietrich (it was literally made for her, really, since she and the director were having a....dalliance at the time, so he just built all his movies around her, which worked surprisingly well, I think).
As for Gary--I thought his movements, facial expressions, all that stuff--it was perfect, right on par. I just thought sometimes he didn't sound....seductive enough to fit the character. Then again, if he had managed to keep that voice the entire time, it would have caused massive heart attacks worldwide.
Still, Gary was great in the role, and he performed that apple scene gloriously, pouring forth every minute particle of sexiness that could possibly come out while eating a piece of fruit. No one could do that scene better than him. *drool*
Post by Coopsgirl on Sept 23, 2009 18:55:35 GMT -6
I'm glad you got to see this one and liked it Magenta. It's a real fun, romantic, adventure, escapist film. It is beautifully filmed and has a really dreamy quality to it. I'm not much of a Dietrich fan but I liked her in the two films she did with Gary. Of course, I fast forward through her singing, I just can't take it.
VintageHome: Thanks, cori. I love my birds. I had to catch the Great Tit to get it back outside but it kept hiding from me ...eventually it found its way outside all by itself
May 22, 2013 3:08:08 GMT -6
gcfanforever: I don't always log in but I check your site very often, Coopsgirl. Love, love it!! The recent Forbes article was very good.
May 19, 2013 18:21:34 GMT -6
cori: Well, VintageHome, may be it's just only because you do it, she'll always be thankful...
May 18, 2013 10:19:22 GMT -6
VintageHome: Folks, hope you have a good weekend. It's a holiday weekend for me! Found one of my birds, a Great Tit sitting on my armchair today , the balcony door was open, looking at me as if to say: Feed Me! They know I do but apparently it wasn't enough. :
May 16, 2013 7:43:42 GMT -6
VintageHome: I think pompomfd1 "Make me a Star" is not listed in the 1930s movies section because Gary was just being himself and it wasn't really a movie he starred in (it's listed as "Self" in IMDB)
May 15, 2013 2:26:57 GMT -6
pomponfd1: Hello Coopsgirl.[br]I think there is not post "make me a star - 1932" in movies still 1930?
May 14, 2013 6:47:11 GMT -6
cori: There is no place for: “it came about casually”,[br]There is only place for states of consciousness which make us so sensitive as a highly sensitive star-tracker...[br]- MICHEL BOUJUT - I agree...
May 13, 2013 15:02:47 GMT -6
VintageHome: Well, we all have our hobbies, cori Some people collect shoes, others collect memorabilia. Some people believe in the paranormal, others refuse to talk about it..Think we'll make it to Alpha Centauri any time soon?
May 13, 2013 11:26:48 GMT -6
cori: Often, my friends say to me that "me and Gary Cooper", this veneration is not normal! I answer them: it's worse! It's paranormal! Strange but real...
May 13, 2013 9:03:03 GMT -6
VintageHome: Energy never dies so I'm certain Gary keeps on ticking in one way or another. Saw two very interesting documentaries the other day, on how people perceive certain things, how time travel works, worm holes and parallel universes. Fascinating!
May 13, 2013 6:32:22 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: Children of Divorce is not lost. There is a restored copy in the Library of Congress (U.S.). It has never been released on home video though or shown on TV so there are no available copies-yet.
May 12, 2013 14:59:07 GMT -6
pomponfd1: Children Of Divorce : this film is lost i think
May 12, 2013 11:55:48 GMT -6
regenerate31965: HAPPY BIRTHDAY,"MR. COOPER"!...WE ARE REGENERATED! WE ARE IMMORTALS! WE ARE ONE OF "THE GODS' OWN"...WE ARE GODS! WE WILL NEVER DIE...BECAUSE WE IMMORTAL...REGENERATED,ALL OVER AGAIN! SO BE IT!...DAUGHTER...AND SON OF "RAM"!
May 11, 2013 17:59:20 GMT -6
westerngirl: Here is the movie on youtube (Ten North Frederick) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_VfYgRSPlA&list=PL090E7CDBAAB21CAE
May 10, 2013 0:49:12 GMT -6
howardroarksheffield: Oh, MaxiCooper01....these are the best websites I know of where you can get Ten North Frederick http://www.ioffer.com/i/ten-north-frederick-rare-dvd-movie-1958-gary-cooper-142194065 http://www.armandmovies.com/cart/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=7
May 8, 2013 15:15:57 GMT -6
howardroarksheffield: Hay, has anyone ever seen Children Of Divorce? I spoke to a rare movies collector and even he hasn't been able to get hold of it. Which is a pain because it looks great.
May 8, 2013 15:11:44 GMT -6
cori: Valentine, I don't know exactly, but when he came in France with his family it was often in May, and in Grasse (city in the south) during May there's a annual show of roses. It's possible they visited it (and in May, it was the birthday of Rocky too)
May 8, 2013 9:30:46 GMT -6
valentine: Why these roses, where they his favorite flower. The bouquet is gorgeous!
May 7, 2013 17:42:01 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: I recorded my copy of Ten North Frederick off TV and there are probably copies like that floating around out there. I'm bummed too that TCM is not showing any of his films today. They been giving him short shrift the past couple of years.
May 7, 2013 17:27:14 GMT -6